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WHS Fall Sports Preview: Cross country

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Windsor High School sophomore Baillie Fetzer runs down the trail at the 4A state cross-country meet last season.

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» COACH: Ross Wilbur, eighth season

» 2014 RECAP: Two athletes, Cale Englert and Baillie Fetzer qualified for State last year, the girls team was the Tri-Valley Conference runner-up and also won the Standley Lake Gator Invite.

» KEY ATHLETES: On the boys cross country team the key athletes are Cale Englert, junior, – returning all-conference and state qualifying runner who Just won the "blue" division of the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede; Ryan Schumacher, freshman – clear number two runner on the boys team with fantastic untapped, undeveloped potential; and Jason Thornton, sophomore – returning varsity runner and currently the number three runner on the boys team.

On the girls cross country team the key athletes include Onika Baker, senior – worked hard throughout the summer and emerged the early-season number one runner on the girls team; Baillie Fetzer, junior – returning honorable mention all-conference and state qualifying runner, she is vying for the number one spot on the girls team; Tori Thomas senior – returning all-conference runner and former state qualifier and the Windsor High School 2-mile record holder; and Maddy Younger, sophomore – competing for the number two position on the girls team, she is hard working, with a great attitude and fast.

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The team is the largest it has ever been, leading to depth and healthy competition at practices, Wilbur said. Windsor also has some returning runners with state qualifying and all-conference credentials.

However, they are young and somewhat inexperienced. For many, it is their first season participating in cross country at the high school or competitive level.

The boys team has the potential to improve upon last years performances, with the increase in off-season preparation and addition of new runners.

The girls teams has something to prove after being narrowly edge out at the region race and failing to qualify for state. Despite the loss of some runners, others have stepped up and filled the void. The girls are focused, he said.

Fall 2015 Schedule

Sept. 12 – 8 a.m. St. Vrain Invitational at Lyons High School

Sept. 18 – 4 p.m. John Martin Invitational at Fort Collins High School

Sept. 26 – 10 a.m. Pat Patten Invitational at Viele Lake, South Boulder

Oct. 2 – 2:30 p.m. Thornton Invitational at Margaret Carpenter Rec Center, Thornton

Oct. 13 – 3 p.m. Tri-Valley Championships at Holy Family High School

Oct. 22 – TBA Regional Races at Lyons High School

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